Friday, July 07, 2006


Overlook Duckworth will be releasing The London Bombings: An Independent Inquiry by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed in the U.S. later next month. Here's a preview.

At first, the police were sure that the 7/7 bombers used weapons-grade plastic explosives and sophisticated timers. Two weeks later, they changed their minds - the bombs were home-made and were detonated manually. Since then the official account has changed repeatedly and remains riddled with anomalies and confusion.

The government is resisting calls for a full inquiry and has instead presented a 'narrative' written by a civil servant. This supposedly definitive account has already collapsed in the face of public scrutiny and leaks from the security services.

As Ahmed demonstrates the attacks can only be fully understood in the ight of extensive co-operation between the Islamist extremists and Western Intelligence in Central Asia. The London bombings, much like the attacks on New York in 2001, were a widely predicted consequence of the West's global strategy. If we do face a future of terrorism we should at least understand the extent to which our governments have accepted this as the price of business as usual. Looking beyond the platitudes and deceptions of the war on terror, Nafeez asks what exactly we mean by the national interest and whether we are really well served by policies that promote terror abroad and tolerate extremism at home.

Interview with Nafeez.

Nafeez's blog.

Praise for Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed's previous work:

"I wish every American who still believes in the good intentions of our government would read this book. Drawing upon his impressive research into recent history, Nafeez Ahmed skilfully exposes the real motives behind the
war on terrorism" and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq"
--Howard Zinn

"On the subject [of 9/11] the best, most balanced report, thus far, is by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed"
--Gore Vidal

"Nafeez Ahmed's understanding of the post 9/11 power game, its lies,
illusions and dangers, is no less than brilliant"
--John Pilger

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